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The Final Straw Radio
Jun 29, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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First up we got the chance to sit down with Najiyyah Avery Williams, who is a community member, organizer, and mother of Jai Lateef Solveig Williams, also known as Lil Jerry. Jerry, who was a childrens book author, artist, musician, and a 35 year old father was brutally killed by the Asheville Police Department on July 2nd 2016 by Sgt Tyler Radford. This interview happened outdoors in front of the courthouse and police station in downtown Asheville, where the city was powerwashing a DEFUND THE...
Topics: asheville, jerry williams, police, police killing, black lives, najiyyah avery williams,...
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Jun 21, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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A View on the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone In the past few weeks since the uprising in response to police killings of Black and Brown folks around Turtle Island, amazing chances have presented themselves and folks have seized opportunities. One great and unfolding circumstance is known as the CHAZ or CHOP, an autonomous zone and occupational protest surrounding a police precinct in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The area was opened to community redesign after nights of intense battles...
Topics: chaz, capitolhill, occupation, protest, seattle, georgefloyd, police brutality, poilceabolition,...
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Jun 21, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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In this June 11 th podcast special, we’re happy to feature two interviews. The first is with Letha, a supporter of anarchist prisoner Marius Mason who is 7 years from release for animal and earth liberation front actions in the late 1990’s. Marius, who tested positive for covid-19 recently at FCI Danbury, continues his activism including on behalf of other trans folks behind bars as well as to write and create. More on his case and how to support him is up at SupportMariusMason.org . Then I...
Topics: june11, mariusmason, earthliberationfront, animalliberationfront, anarchist, longtermprisoners,...
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Jun 21, 2020 The Final Straw
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This week, we’re happy to air a conversation I had with the author and activist, Modibo Kadalie, author of Pan-African Social Ecology as well as Internationalism, Pan-Africanism and the Struggle of Social Classes . A version of Dr. Kadalie’s conversation with Andrew Zonneveld of OOA! Publishing, entitled Pan-Africanism, Social Ecology and Intimate Direct Action appeared up in the recently released collection Deciding For Ourselves , edited by Cindy Milstein out from AK Press. Dr. Kadalie...
Topics: modibokadalie, panafrican, socialecology, anarchism, geechee, history, directdemocracy
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Jun 14, 2020 The Final Straw
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This week we are pleased to present an interview William conducted with Gabriel Kuhn and Maxida M ä rak on the 2019 PM Press release Liberating S á pmi: Indigenous Resistance in Europe’s Far North . This book, of which Kuhn is the author and editor and Märak is an contributor, details a political history of the Sámi people whose traditional lands extend along the north most regions of so called Sweden, Norway, Finland, and parts of Russia, as well as interviews conducted with over a dozen...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, kwrk, kwtf, wcrs, Liberating Sapmi, PM Press, Maxida Marak, Gabriel Kuhn, Indigenous,...
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Jun 11, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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We’re happy to share the rest of our conversation with Michele Gretes, director of the Digital Security project at the Civil Liberties Defense Center, and Cora Borradaile, who is on the board of the CLDC. For this podcast special, you’ll hear the two discuss different tools for more secure, encrypted communication that is available on various platforms to folks organizing. They publish guides on CLDC.org/Security . We discuss the end-to-end encrypted alternative to Slack ( Keybase ) **, pgp...
Topics: michelegretes, cldc, coraborradaile, encryption, security, digital
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Jun 9, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Anarchist Resistance In Prison: Jennifer A. Rose and Comrade Z On this podcast minisode, we feature the voices of two incarcerated comrades: Jennifer Amelie Rose and Comrade Z. Both chats were conducted through the mail and are voiced by comrades in the Channel Zero Network. Jennifer Rose [04:07-12:12] First you’ll hear Jennifer Rose. Jennifer, formerly known as Jennifer Gann, is a member of the Fire Ant Collective which just released it’s 6 th issue and is due to put out another very soon....
Topics: julio zuniga, tdcj, texas, darrington, prison, anarchist, prisoner, jennifer rose, fire ant...
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Jun 9, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Lorenzo Komb’oa Ervin and Bomani Shakur / Keith Lamar This midweek, we’re sharing two segments. First up, Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin talks about attempts in the 1960’s and 70’s at building a prisoners union in the United States and parallels with inside / outside organizing in the USA today. Then we hear from Ohio death row prisoner from the Lucasville Uprising case, Bomani Shakur (aka Keith Lamar) about his struggle to stay alive and call out the injustice in his and so many cases....
Topics: lorenzo komb'oa ervin, black anarchism, history, prison strike, prisoner, union, movement, keith...
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Jun 9, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Here’s our second lecture we’re excited to share in the Burning Books Lecture Series. We’re slowly continuing to release audios recorded at Burning Books in Buffalo , NY, to share inspiring ideas and experiences this bookstore has hosted over the last 7 or so years. This pandemic period should be one where we take account of the situation we find ourselves, hone our skills, learn from our elders and consider how to engage as the disease ravages our communities and the forces of capital...
Topics: burningbooks, buffalo, lecture, kazitoure, politicalprisoner, ppow, guerrilla, marxist, antiracist,...
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Jun 7, 2020 The Final Straw
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This week we have a double feature! Firstly we got to connect with Rosemary, who is an organizer in Minneapolis, about the liberation of a former Sheraton Hotel in that city and its slow but steady transformation into something that is becoming so much more than a housing cooperative. They speak about how this resocialization came to happen, some of the circumstances involved, about how this is a very deep collaboration between un-housed folks in Minneapolis and people involved in doing care...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, kwrk, wcrs, kwtf, George Floyd, shelter worker, care worker, Minneapolis, hotel, hotel...
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May 31, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Two Voices From MPLS: Medic and Abolitionist On this episode, we’re featuring two voices from Minneapolis, an epicenter of mass demonstrations and uprising following the police murder of # GeorgeFloyd. First up, you’ll hear from Jacquie, a professional medic living in Minneapolis. Jacquie talks about the impacts of corona virus on Black and Brown communities around the city, some of what she saw in the early days of the protests and the feelings expressed to her about the killing of George...
Topics: georgefloyd, policebrutality, police, 1312, acab, minneapolis, minnesota, minneapolisfreedomfund,...
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May 24, 2020 The Final Straw
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This week we are presenting audio from a panel conducted last year in Indiana with members of IDOC Watch, which is the Indiana Department of Correction watch. From their website : “The Indiana Department of Correction Watch (IDOC Watch) exists to be in solidarity with prisoners. This means we correspond with and and foster camaraderie with people who are incarcerated in Indiana, expose abusive conditions and treatment, and fight policies and initiatives that further isolate, marginalize, and...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, kwrk, kmsw, Kwame Shakur, Lorenzo Stone-Bey, Zolo Agona Azania, IDOC Watch,...
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May 17, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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This week we’re sharing a chat with Graham Clumpner, an anarchist veteran of the U.S. military from the early days of the so-called Global War on Terror. During his time in Afghanistan and elsewhere, Graham worked his way up to being an Army Ranger and left the military in 2007. After struggling with the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Graham resisted being recalled into the military, for a short time going underground before finding a path...
Topics: grahamclumpner, veteran, giresistance, usa, army, ranger, waronterror, afghanistan, ivaw,...
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May 10, 2020 The Final Straw
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Wayne Price is longtime anarchist, author and currently a member of Bronx Climate Justice North and the Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council, or MACC , in New York City. After reading his book, The Value Of Radical Theory : An Anarchist Introduction to Marx’s Critique of Political Economy (AK Press, 2013), I got excited to speak to him about his views on anarchists engaging Marxist economic concepts and some of the historical conflicts and engagements between Marxism and Anarchism. We...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwrk, kwtf, wayne price, anarchism, economics, marxist, marxism, marxist...
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May 3, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Tracking Technology and Food Distro in Pandemic This week, we feature two conversations. Cora Borradaile and Michele Gretes, folks involved in the Digital Security Project of the Civil Liberties Defense Center, speak about contact tracing apps and surveillance. Then, Se speaks about Tucson Food Share’s grocery distribution program. Contact Tracing Apps First up, we hear Michele Gretes and Cora Borradaile. Michele is the Digital Security Coordinator of the Civil Liberties Defense Center and...
Topics: cldc, coraborradaile, michelegretes, digitalsecurity, surveillance, pandemic, contacttracing,...
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Apr 26, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Barry Pateman on Anarchist History and Challenges I’m really happy to share a chat with anarchist and historian, Barry Pateman. Barry, born in the early 1950’s, grew up in a working class coal mining town of Doncaster in the UK and became an anarchist in the 1960’s in London. He is a longstanding member of the Kate Sharpley Library which covers histories of little-known anarchists and events in history. Barry has also contributed to and edited numerous books including “Chomsky on...
Topics: anarchist, history, historian, author, barrypateman, akpress, marxism, katesharpleylibrary,...
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Apr 19, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Harm Reduction in Pandemic and Jason Renard Walker This week we feature two segments, first up we got to chat with Hill Brown about Asheville’s response to the pandemic in terms of public health, drug use and the houseless communities. Then, Jason Renard Walker talks about his journalism, activism and troubles in the Texas prison system. Harm Reduction in Asheville during Pandemic First we got to sit down with Hill Brown who works with Asheville’s Steady Collective doing harm reduction...
Topics: jasonrenardwalker, nabpp, prison, organizing, journalism, sfbayview, texas, tdcj, asheville,...
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Apr 12, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Kijana Tashiri Askari, New Afrikan Black Revolutionary Prisoner In this podcast special, a comrade spoke with Kijana Tashiri Askari, an imprisoned community organizer, prison abolitionist, and New Afrikan Black Revolutionary who helped to found the W.L. Nolen Mentorship Program. At one point in time the mentorship program had about 50 prisoners nationwide on its mailing list. The W.L. Nolen Mentorship Program, named after a central leader in the formation of the California Prisoner Liberation...
Topics: kijanatashiriaskari, newafrikan, revolutionary, prisoner, wlnolen, california
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Being Better To One Another: Comrade Malik from USP Pollock / Peter Gelderloos from Spain On this podcast special, we’re sharing two segments. First, Comrade Malik (s/n Keith Washington) of the IWW and Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee speaks about his experience at the Federal prison USP Pollock in Grant Parish, Louisiana, changes in policies in relation to the pandemic and the dangers posed by guards going in and out of the facility. Comrade Malik was paroled from the Texas prison...
Topics: prison, pollock, comrademalik, anarchist, petergelderloos, spain, covid19, coronavirus, pandemic,...
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Apr 12, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Airs on WSFM-LP 103.3 in Asheville / streaming at AshevilleFM from 3am EST on April 13th through 19th, 2020 and podcasting on libsyn.com. Release Ramsey Orta! / Housing Struggle in Asheville Release Ramsey Orta! This week, we hear from Deja, the fiance of incarcerated cop watcher Ramsey Orta. Ramsey has been in prison since 2016 and during his short time inside has he’s been transferred around a lot and spent over a year in isolation. Ramsey’s name may be familiar as the police...
Topics: asheville, tenant, homeless, houseless, housing, organizing, uhoh, pandemic, capitalism, landlord,...
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Seeing the World Elsewhere: Rural Mutual Aid in Appalachia and David Forbes on Journalism, Asheville and Anarchism (image by Nicole Marie Burton , used with permission) This week you’ll hear two conversations. First, Matt from Rural Organizing And Resilience, or ROAR, in Madison County talks about efforts in the country to shift mutual aid efforts to address difficulties associated with the covid-19 pandemic. More on their project at ruralorganizing.wordpress.com . And we also got to sit down...
Topics: appalachia, madisoncounty, northcarolina, asheville, mutualaid, solidarity, covid19, coronavirus,...
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This week I am very excited to present an interview done with Aishah Shahidah Simmons , who is a writer, community organizer, prison abolitionist, and cultural worker who has done just an immense amount of work over the years to help disrupt and end the patterns of sexual abuse and assault within marginalized communities. In this interview we talk about a lot of things, her background and how she came to be doing the work she’s doing right now, how better to think about concepts like...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, kwrk, kwtf, wcrs, aishah shahidah simmons, cultural worker, love WITH accountability,...
Zines
Mar 30, 2020 Fire Ant Collective
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The sixth issue of the anarchist prisoner zine, Fire Ant. Contributors include: Marius Mason, Michael Kimble, Sean Swain, Noah Coffin, Thomas Meyer-Falk and Jennifer Rose. Print and distribute!
Topics: anarchist, prisoner, fireant, zine
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Mar 22, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Today we have a show about COVID-19 , specifically how the pandemic is being handled in prisons and detention. This show includes a lot of voices, and we structured it that way in order to both include as many perspectives as we could and also to take some of the expectation that interviewees speak to us for an extended period; everyone who is working on this is very busy and we wanted to respect that. In this show you’ll hear from: – Rebekah Entralgo who works with the non profit Freedom...
Topics: covid-19, pandemic, health, prison, united states, usa, immigration, detention, ice, bps, youth...
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Mar 15, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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No Evil Foods Union and PLAN Line 3 Union Busting At No Evil Foods This week on The Final Straw, we’re presenting two conversations. The first was a chat with workers from the local, plant-based protein company ‘No Evil Foods’. The company has been getting flack for using social justice imagery while working to undermine unionization efforts at it’s factory here in Asheville, NC. The workers talk about strategies they took in organizing attempts and experiences they had with...
Topics: asheville, vegan, NoEvilFoods, union, UnionBusting, labor, workers, UFCW, line3, pipeline,...
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Mar 8, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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20 Years of South Chicago ABC Zine Distro This week on The Final Straw, we'll hear a conversation from a few month back with Anthony Rayson and Mike Plosky, who have run the South Chicago Anarchist Black Cross Zine Distro since 1998. They send zines to prisoners, publish the writings and art of politicized prisoners as a project of public education, and help advocate and support prisoners organizing for their own education and liberation. You can find a full catalogue of zines at DePaul...
Topics: anarchist, abc, anarchist black cross, political prisoner, prison, zine, publishing, education,...
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This week I had the pleasure to sit down with Sarah Lyons, who is an author, activist, and a practicing witch about her new book Revolutionary Witchcraft: A Guide to Magical Activism which came out in 2019 from Running Press . This was a great interview to have for me, because this is a topic we haven’t yet presented on this show and we cover a wide range of topics; our guest’s personal history with witchcraft, what is meant by magic, witchcraft, and animism, how anti-racists and...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, kwrk, Sarah Lyons, magic, witchcraft, activism, anarchism, animism,...
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Feb 23, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Social Justice and Struggle in Lebanon and Syria: Joey Ayoub and Leila Al-Shami This week on The Final Straw we’re featuring a portion of a chat with Joey Ayoub and Leila Al-Shami. In this conversation, Joey tells us of some of the history of Lebanon, since the civil war that ended in 1990 and up to the current demonstrations against the clientelist warlords in power in that country.  Intertwined with this, Leila speaks about the sparking of the resistance to Bashar Al-Assad in Syria, the...
Topics: syria, lebanon, joey ayoub, leila al-shami, palestinian, tahrir-icn, solidarity,...
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This week we got the chance to sit down and catch up with Ben Turk, who is an anarchist and prison abolitionist living in Milwaukee WI, about some recent efforts that he has been involved in and some ways that listeners can plug in and do solidarity work from afar. We speak about the lockdowns that have been occuring in Columbia CI, continued efforts to raise awareness about solitary confinement and bringing mental healthcare services to people undergoing incarceration, efforts to change...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwrk, kwtf, ben turk, anarchist, abolitionist, prison abolition, chrystul kizer,...
Community Audio
Feb 15, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Amin: a refugee voice in Moria camp on Lesvos (Minisode) Enough is Enough spoke with many refugees during their visit to Lesvos, and The Final Straw is happy to release this interview. Here we will hear from Amin (his name was changed for safety), a Pakistani man detained for 9 months for absolutely nothing. He went to the registration office of the #Moria camp to renew his papers, something refugees have to do regularly. Instead of new papers he was suddenly detained without any explanation...
Topics: moria, refugee, camp, enough14, enough is enough, lesvos, fortress europe, greece
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Feb 15, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Error451: #08 (Are My Apps Listening To Me?) This week on Error451, William Budington and Bursts chat about eavesdropping by digital devices.  This conversation happened before the Cambridge Analytica & Facebook scandal, but covers some of the same material. Do Facebook, Amazon, Google and other big data companies listen through your device to your conversations and target marketing at you based on your choices?  What tools do platforms like those mentioned above have and what are their...
Topics: error451, technology, william budington, surveillance
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Feb 15, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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ZAD Resists Eviction Bursts spoke with a comrade y’all might recognize, a Camille who lives on the ZAD, or Zone To Defend in Notre Dame De Landes, Britanny, France. Camille and Bursts spoke in January upon the announcement of the French government’s decision to cancel the building of an airport to replace the one in Nantes. After literally decades of struggle, and nearly a decade of squatting and on and off fighting of the cops who attempted to evict the community, the ZAD protests won....
Topics: notre dame de landes, brittany, france, zad, occupation, eviction, anarchist, vinci, airport
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Feb 15, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Error451: #12 (Efail w/ Micah Lee) This week, Bursts spoke with Micah Lee .  Micah is, according to his bio at The Intercept : ” a computer security engineer and an open source software developer. He writes about technical topics like digital and operational security, encryption tools, whistleblowing, and hacking using language that everyone can understand, but without dumbing it down. An avid user of Qubes and Linux, he develops security tools such as  OnionShare .” Micah is kind enough...
Topics: micah lee, the intercept, efail, email, encryption, pgp, gpg, error451
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Feb 15, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Error451: #11 (CLOUD Act) A change of plans: instead of airing the interview with comrades in Yogyakarta about May Day repression of anarchists there, we’re including that in the radio show for next Sunday.  So, instead, kick back with this new issue of #Error451 ! The CLOUD Act (Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act) got passed by the U.S. Congress earlier this year and signed into law by President Trump.  It’s a revision of the 1986 Stored Communications Act.  Basically, it allows...
Topics: error451, technology, cloud act, trump, william budington
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Feb 15, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Error451: #10 (Facebook and Cambridge Analytica) This week on Error451, William Budington and Bursts chat about the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal.  We’ve seen Congressional hearings and M. Zuckerburg give testimony, we’ve seen punditry, we’ve seen evasion. For the episode, the two chat about what’s going on with the hullabaloo and different solutions privacy advocates have proposed. Check out past episodes of Error451 and hit us up if you have ideas for segments or guests...
Topics: error451, facebook, cambridge analytica, william budington, zuckerburg, surveillance, technology,...
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Feb 15, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Welcome to the 8th anniversary podcast mini-sode special Heya listeners. The Final Straw has an irregular tradition of using our anniversary to air conversations with other projects that produce anarchist media. In past episodes, linked in the notes for this special, you can find chats from past anniversaries. This time around, we are featuring two interviews. First, you’ll hear audio from the regular host of the ItsGoingDown podcast. The IGD cast is a weekly podcast produced by It’s Going...
Topics: anarchist, itsgoingdown, igd, podcast, subversion1312, linda rose, 4zzz, brisbane, anniversary
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Feb 15, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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This week's installment of #error451 podcast, Bursts and William Budington speak about facial recognition technology.  We chat about how different methods are employed, scanning of social media by police and security forces, different methods used to avoid it such as camouflage, lights, makeup and masks, the Google Arts & Culture app comparing people's selfies to the contents of art museums and more. Check out past episodes of Error451 and hit us up if you have ideas for segments or guests...
Topics: facial recognition, technology, error451, william budington, google, surveillance
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Feb 15, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Hernani Marques on Pretty Easy Privacy On this episode I’m joined by Hernani Marques, a hacker and member of the pEp Foundation, talking about Pretty Easy Privacy, a concerted attempt to make adoption of end-to-end email encryption easier and more ubiquitous through automation of key-making and management through partnering with programs like Outlook and Thunderbird. To learn more about pEp, check out the foundation’s website and follow or get in touch with Hernani via their website,...
Topics: error451, technology, encryption, hernani marques, pep, pretty easy encryption, email, foss
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Feb 15, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Leap Encryption Access Project This week, we’d like to share a conversation had a little bit ago with Kali Kaneko, from LEAP.  Leap Encryption Access Project, like pEp featured in our prior Error451 interview, is an open-source project meant to ease… access to encryption (and it’s a project).  At a point in the past, LEAP had an interest in shifting paradigm of email but is now focusing mainly on distribution, upkeep, and improvement of it’s VPN service, Bitmask.  Bitmask is...
Topics: encryption, error451, podcast, tfsr, technology, leap, bitmask, kali kaneko, email
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Feb 15, 2020 The Final Straw
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9th Anniversary Show! So for this episode, we tried something new. This show is in its 9 th year of production, and we realized that we as hosts very rarely have interacted on the show. While this is a project that is one we do for reasons other than boosting our own personalities, we talked about it and felt it was time for us to interview each other and give some personal context for why we do what we do. To that end, we are actively searching for another co-host! This would obvi be an unpaid...
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Feb 15, 2020 The Final Straw
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Fire Ant Journal In this June 11 th special, we’re releasing an interview with some anarchist prisoners in the so-called U.S. and some of the folks who support them. June 11 th , for people who don’t know, is a day of solidarity with Marius Mason and other long term anarchist prisoners. You can find bits of the history of the importance of the date up at crimethinc.com and interviews with and about anarchist prisoners up at our website and at june11.org . The framing of this special is to...
Topics: sean swain, michael kimble, fire ant journal, june 11, Eric King, anarchist, political prisoner,...
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Originally posted June 6th 2019 Hunger Striking Anarchist Prisoners in Italy In this minisode special, Bursts spoke with an anarchist comrade in Rome about the hunger strike initiated on May 29th by Anna and Silvia, two anarchists rounded up in police actions (Anna in Operazione Scripta Manent and Silvia in Operazione Scintilla ) and still facing trial for accusations of participating in direct action against the state and its borders. The hunger strike is against the solitary nature of their...
Topics: italy, political prisoner, anarchist, hunger strike, silvia ruggeri, anna beniamino
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Feb 9, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Josh Harper of SHAC7 and Voices from Gidimt’en Access Point This week, we feature two portions of the show. If you're listening to the radio version of this chat, consider checking out the SLIGHTLY longer podcast version that includes Sean Swain's segment for this week, also available on archive under the title 'Sean Swain Radio' or 'You Are The Resistance' for Feb 09, 2020. Josh Harper on ‘Animal People’ film First up, we’ll hear Josh Harper, a co-defendant from the SHAC7 case and...
Topics: anarchist, animal liberation, josh harper, animal people documentary, film, shac7, huntington life...
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Feb 2, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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AMLO and Indigenous Resistance Movements in Mexico This week on The Final Straw, an anarchist living in Mexico talks about the reign of the MORENA party of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (aka AMLO), the new face of capitalism it presents, it’s relation to social movements and indigenous sovereignty and the anarchist and indigenous resistance to the regime. We cover mega-projects being pushed through around the country, the repression of activists and more in this whopper of an episode. If you're...
Topics: mexico, amlo, obrador, neoliberalism, capitalism, indigenous, zapatista, oaxaca, megaproject,...
Community Texts
Jan 30, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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This is the current key for thefinalstrawradio@riseup.net
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This week, we spend the hour speaking with Alexander Reid Ross. Alexander is a PhD candidate in Portland State University’s Earth, Environment, Society Program, a Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, and the author of “Against The Fascist Creep”, which you can get from AK Press or our affiliate Firestorm Books ! We speak about conspiracy theories, how they wind their way into some leftist approaches to critique, bleed-over between left and right...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, kwrk, kwtf, wcrs, alexander reid ross, anarchist, anti fascist, anti nazi, far right...
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Jan 19, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Anarchism in El Salvador / An Antifa View of the Militia Demo in RVA This week we have two segments, an interview with an Anarcha-Feminist organizer in San Salvador, El Salvador on the situation there, followed by Mitch of Red Strings And Maroons podcast on the upcoming Militia demonstration on MLK Jr. Day, January 20th, 2020 in Richmond, VA. Elisa on GANA Govt in El Salvador First, you’ll hear my conversation with Elisa, an anarchafeminist in San Salvador, El Salvador, talking about the new...
Topics: el salvador, anarchist, immigration, usa, guns, armed self defense, richmond, militia, nazi, gun...
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Jan 18, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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(English follows below) El Salvador: Una Perspectiva Anarcha-Feminista Nos complace presentar una conversación con una compañera feminista anarcha, Elisa, en San Salvador, El Salvador. Elisa comparte sus puntos de vista sobre el régimen neoliberal del partido GANA de Nayib Bukele que asumió la presidencia en febrero pasado, la relación de El Salvador con los Estados Unidos, el gobierno anterior del FMLN, la inmigración y la organización anarquista. Más informacion sobre la organización...
Topics: El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, inmigracion, immigration, trump, usa, eeuu, neoliberal, anarchist,...
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Perspectives from Iranian Anarchists This week on The Final Straw we feature a chat with a translator of the Anarchist Union of Afghanistan and Iran to share perspectives from membership in Iran and abroad about resistance to the regime from within, solidarity from abroad, the impact of US Sabre-rattling. A transcript of this interview is here , a zine will come soon. An inspirational movement arose out of the Cold War period among anarchists who found themselves on either side of the...
Topics: anarchist, anarchism, iran, afghanistan, farsi, soleimani, war, usa, middle east, iraq, protest,...
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The Old Law and The New: Jason Goudlock in Ohio This week we have two segments.  Jason Goudlock and the Old Law in OH First, we'll hear from Jason Goudlock, a prisoner under the so-called “Old Law” in Ohio serving his 26 th year of a 6-25 year sentence. Jason talks about the situation in Ohio between the “Old Law” and the “New Law”, for instance if he had been convicted of the same robbery and battery crimes three years later he might have served half of the time. Jason also speaks...
Topics: jason goudlock, david easley, comrade easley, ohio, toledo ci, odrc, prison, prisoner, struggle,...
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Prison Abolition, Queer Comicking, Nerding This week Cypress spoke with Io Ascarium. The conversation covered their work as a member of ABO Comix Collective and their work in comics and print. Io is "a maurading pillar of salt just doing their best to make what could, in a sense, be described as 'art'" (I love them dearly but could not bring myself to write this into the actual script). ABO Comix Collective is a group of buds and comrades working to help LGBTQ and HIV + prisoners...
Topics: abolition, prison, prisoner, queer, trans, comic, comics, art, games, fiction, hiv+
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Dec 22, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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Israeli Dissent and Sean Talks "Last Act" This week we are happy to feature a couple of audios we did NOT record ourselves. Resisting Militarism and Occupation in Israel First, German comrades attending the Balkan Anarchist Bookfair last year interviewed two Israeli anarchists about resistance against the settler-colonial nation they live under. Dana is from Tel Aviv (a member of the Coalition of Women for Peace) and Aaron is from, among other groups, an anti-militarist, de-enlistment...
Topics: seanswain, anarchist, israel, occupation, palestine, militarism, feminism, organizing, author,...
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This week on The Final Straw Radio, Im happy to share a conversation with Rozalinda, Pura and Lynn from La Villita Red de Solidaridad or the Little Village Solidarity Network in so-called Chicago, IL. LVSN, in the English-language acronym, is an autonomous community organizing project based in La Villita or Little Village neighborhood and networks with other residents of the area. For the hour, LVSN members talk about organizing on the ground against Heartland Alliance, a 501c3 non-profit...
Topics: solidarity union, network, la villita, little village, chicago, immigrant, tenant, worker, chicago...
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Dec 8, 2019 The Final Straw
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This week we are super pleased to present an interview done with Sima Lee, who is a queer Afro-Indigenous hip hop artist and community organizer of long standing, about a recent raid that occurred at Maroon House in DC this March. We speak about Maroon House, its story and what it is in the process of becoming, the ask for support in helping this movement build and heal from the brutal police repression, her newest album Trap Liberation Army , and many more topics. Sima Lee has given some...
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This week we are pleased to present a paper given at the 2019 north american anarchist studies network that took place this year in Atlanta Georgia by e ornelas who presents a thoroughly de-colonial reading of Ursula K. LeGuin’s novel The Word for World is Forest . This book of LeGuin’s was written in the early 1970s and was first published as part of the anthology “Again, Dangerous Visions” and subsequently published as a separate novella as part of LeGuin’s Hainish Cycle, to be read...
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This week we bring you two different segments. First, Cypress spoke with Jenny from Project Fang, a project that financially supports visits to earth and animal liberation prisoners. Since 2016, Project Fang has worked to combat the isolation of incarceration these prisoners feel by providing a fund for financial assistance for visits. The prisoners and their loved ones can apply to the fund to help pay for prison visits, which is one of the most important ways of supporting prisoners. Project...
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This week I had the opportunity to sit down with Margaret Killjoy to talk about her new EP called Every Breath Our Last out this October from her one woman project Nomadic War Machine. Margaret is a writer, musician, and anarchist based in Western North Carolina. We got to talk about a lot of things in this episode, including her new EP, what went into making it, Nomadic War Machine as a project in general, and her new anarchist fiction podcast called We Will Remember Freedom . This was a great...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwrk, kwtf, margaret killjoy, music, musician, anarchist, anarchist musician,...
This week we are presenting a special guest interview, done by Scott who is an anarchist academic and regular listener, with Eli Meyerhoff about his book “Beyond Education: Radical Studying for Another World” . In this book, Meyerhoff “traces how key elements of education emerged from histories of struggles in opposition to alternative modes of study bound up with different modes of world-making. Taking inspiration from Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street, and Indigenous resurgence...
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This week, we’re sharing a conversation that I had with comrades from Radiozones Of Subversive Expression, an anti-authoritarian pirate radio station based in Athens, Greece. Mike, Sprout and Omar, three anarchists working with ROSE share their perspectives on the change in government in Greece, corruption in the New Democracy party that just came back into power, it’s attacks on immigrants and the anarchist stronghold neighborhood of Exarchia, the status of the social movements of the left...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwrk, kwtf, greece, anarchist, exarhia, greek anarchist, radiozones of subversive...
This week William had the chance to interview someone, a 20 year old anarchist from the territory of so called Chile, about the uprisings which have been occurring there. The protests began on Monday October 14th in Chile’s capital, Santiago, as a coordinated fare evasion campaign by high school students which led to spontaneous takeovers of the city’s main train stations and open confrontations with the Chilean Police. While the reason for these protests was a fare hike for public...
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This is a show with two parts, firstly I got to sit down with two members of Blue Ridge Anarchist Black Cross about the ongoing and increasingly dire situation in South Carolina prions. I won’t take up too much space here with an intro because we have a pretty packed show, but they outline some upcoming actions coordinated at the behest of people incarcerated in SC, a phone zap scheduled for tomorrow (Monday the 21 st ), and about organizing as anarchists doing prisoner support/solidarity....
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, kwrk, rojava, syria, turkey, trump, erdogan, imperialism, war, medic,...
For this episode we spoke with G ö n ü l D ü zer, who is a labor activist, math teacher, and a board member of the Kurdish Cultural Center in Chicago. G ö n ü l was willing to take the time to speak on the current Turkish invasion of Northeast Syria, some history that would be useful to keep in mind when considering current events in this region, the complex tensions of being an anti imperialist and calling for US support, and about the Global Day of Action on this Saturday October 12 th...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, kwrk, Rojava, Syria, ISIS, Daesh, Turkey, Trump, Erdogan, United States,...
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This week William had the chance to speak with 3 members of the Asheville based goth/darkwave/post punk band Secret Shame about their politics, their music, what ails and what’s good about Asheville in general, the tensions of living under capitalism, the recent attention this group has been getting, and many more topics. You can learn more about them by following @secretshameband on Instagram, and hear more of their music at secretshame.bandcamp.com Before the interview tho, here is an...
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Sep 29, 2019 The Final Straw
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Today you’ll hear Bursts interview Pepe, an anarchist from so called Connecticut. As of September 4 th 2019, Pepe has been sentenced to 5 years in prison on federal charges. In this interview he speaks on a range of topics related to the prison industrial complex, from detailing how prosecutors operate within the “criminal justice” system, to his personal experience in preparing with his family for his incarceration. Folks can support Pepe and his family by visiting his record label at...
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This week we had the chance to interview three people who organize with La Concha, which is an anarchist space in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles that does many projects such as prisoner solidarity, legal and popular education, reading groups, bike brigades, and lots else. We talk about their work, and how the three came to be doing what they are doing right now, and also about the incursions that they’ve been experiencing from authoritarian Communists in the area. I felt great...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, kwrk, Los Angeles, Ovas, Psycos, Maoist, red flags, feminism, feminist,...
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Sep 15, 2019 The Final Straw
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This week we are presenting two segments, first up is an interview done by Cypress – a new member of The Final Straw collective! – with Grace (they/them pronouns), who is doing support for anarchist prisoner Jeremy Hammond . From his support website, Hammond is “currently spending a decade in prison for allegedly disclosing information about the private intelligence firm (…) Stratfor, revealing that they had been spying on human rights defenders at the behest of corporations and...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, kwrk, Jeremy Hammond, repression, prison, hack, hacker, hacktivist,...
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Sep 8, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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Digital Security / Tenant Organizing / #MeToo Hong Kong This week, we feature three portions. Lauren Regan of CLDC First up, we share a chat with Lauren Regan of the Civil Liberties Defense Center, or CLDC, to chat about safer practices around technology for activists, as well as the "reverse search" warrant used by the NYPD with Google to capture info on antifascists and the Proud Boy attackers last year. More at https://cldc.org . An article about tech security and phones that...
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This week we have the opportunity to share a talk by Coco (they/them pronouns), who is a queer, Black, Puerto Rican anarchist about the recent 17 days of direct action against no-longer-governor Ricardo Rossell ó and organizing as an anarchist after Hurricane Maria. They talk about some of the lead up to these revolts " about the fascist campaign and term of office of Ricardo Rossell ó -, the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, decolonization and fighting US imperialism as it relates to PR,...
Topics: puerto rico, colonialism, conolization, capitalism, united states, borikn, rickyrenuncia, ricardo...
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Aug 26, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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We Need To Keep That Spirit Alive: anarchist prisoner Eric King and partner speak ***Update: Eric King started a 5 day trial on August 26th, 2019, in Denver, CO on the charges of assaulting Lieutenant Wilcox at FCI Florence. Here’s background on that here in Eric’s own words. Court and legal fund support is being requested and updates are up on his support site, as of now the latest update is here .*** This week on The Final Straw, we feature two main guests, anarchist prisoner Eric King...
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Aug 18, 2019 The Final Straw
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This week, Bursts spoke with Nora Samaran , author of the essay “The Opposite Of Rape Culture Is Nurturance Culture” , which became the seed of her book “ Turn This World Inside Out: The Emergence of Nurturance Culture. ” This book is recently out from AK Press. We talk about harm, entitlement as relates to positions of power like masculinity or whiteness in our cultures, the need for connection ingrained into our biology and sociality, accountability and healing among other topics. You...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, kwrk, wcrs, kwtf, pacifica, Dr Navaa Smolash, Nora Samaran, Turn This World Inside Out,...
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Anarchist, antifascist and vegan political prisoner, Eric King, gives a public address on August 17th, 2019 from inside a prison.
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Words from Rojava + Likhts’amisyu Re-Occupation Village Words from Rojava First, Bursts interviewed Mark and anonymous, members of the Internationalist Commune of Rojava, which coordinates civil structure engagement among internationals in North Eastern Syria in the Rojava Revolution as well as helping to spread. More on their project at InternationalistCommune.Org , or check out related projects like MakeRojavaGreeAga in.Org and #RiseUpForRojava that may be organized in your area. The US...
Topics: Likhts’amisyu, british columbia, canada, indigenous, trans mountain pipeline, sovereignty,...
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Aug 11, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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This was a question and answer discussion with members of the Internationalist Commune of Rojava, presented by Demand Utopia at Firestorm Books & Coffee on March 16, 2019.
Topics: rojava, syria, turkey, ocalan, kurd, international, anti-capitalist, feminist, ecological,...
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Aug 4, 2019 The Final Straw
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This week we feature three segments. As it is literally packed with jam, we suggest you check out our podcast for free online at our website or any number of streaming sites for longer, more detailed conversations on the topics plus, again, Sean Swain’s segment for this week. Move call for support for Delbert Orr Africa First we have a couple of shorter segments. Respectively, you hear the voices of Janine Phillips Africa, Janet Holloway Africa and Eddie Goodman Africa of the Move 9, a...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwrk, kwtf, pansy fest, pansy collective, music, punk, hardcore, metal, pop,...
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Jul 29, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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Resisting Tyranny in Hong Kong For the hour, we spoke with Ahkok who identifies as a humanitarian, antifascist and musician who grew up in Hong Kong and has participated in protests over the years including the Umbrella Movement and current protests today. We talk about the mindset of the Hong Kong protests, the situation in China, decolonization, racism and more. Y’all may have heard that over the last 8 weeks or so, Hong Kong has been rocked by protests to undermine efforts by the...
Topics: china, hong kong, anarchy, communism, autonomy, racism, protest, umbrella movement, extradition
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This week, we feature two segments on the episode. First, a brief chat with Duncan of Perilous Chronicle, a site documenting prisoner resistance since from 2010 til today in the so-called U.S. & Canada. More on that project can be found at perilouschronicle.com and you can find them on twitter as @perilo usprison . Then, we spoke with Kanahus Freedom , from the Secwepemc   and Ktunaxa nations, who is involved in the Tiny House Warriors struggle against the Trans Mountain Pipeline...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwrk, kwtf, Indigenous, Secwepmec, Ktunaxa, Kanahus, Kanahus Manuel, Tiny House...
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There Is No Liberation Until The Borders Are Gone: Bruno from CIMA and Members of IAF Speak This week we are super pleased to share an interview that William did a few weeks ago with two members of the Indigenous Anarchist Federation , Bombshell and insurgent e ! We got to talk about a lot of topics in this episode, which was recorded on about the year anniversary of the formation of the Indigenous Anarchist Federation. Bombshell and insurgent e talked about their histories as anarchist people,...
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Jul 7, 2019 The Final Straw
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This week we had the opportunity to connect with Ash Williams, who is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Carolina Abortion Fund, and is also one of the architects of the Charlotte Uprising which they’ve been on the show before to talk about . I felt very lucky to get to talk with them again about the work they’ve been doing with Carolina Abortion Fund, but also about abortion in general and about expanding the meaning of reproductive justice work to encompass de-colonial views on care and...
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Jun 30, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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Hamilton Pride Defenders + "The Spectre and The Sovereign" Were happy to bring you three segments in this weeks show. The first is Sean Swain , who hasn't been heard on the airwaves for a few weeks. Following this, we'll hear from an anarchist from so-called Hamilton, Ontario, to talk about repression faced by queer folks and anarchists since Hamilton Pride and assess whats next. It should be noted that at the time of this recording, Cedar Hopperton was on hunger strike from their...
Topics: canada, hamilton, cedarhopperton, ghost, ufo, grieve-carlson, anarchist, queer, pride, lgbtq2s
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Jun 24, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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Taking Down Racist Monuments and Growing New Worlds This week on TFSR, we’re featuring two audios from affiliates of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Maya Little & Dwayne Dixon talking about resisting neo-Confederate monuments in the so-called U.S. south, in particular the statue called “ Silent Sam ” that was toppled August 20th, 2018. Maya Little First, we’ll hear graduate student worker and anti-racist activist Maya Little speak about their research into the racist...
Topics: anarchist, antifa, antifascist, antiracist, confederate, monument, chapel hill, unc, dwayne dixon,...
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Jun 16, 2019 The Final Straw
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This week, we'll be featuring two segments, one on state repression against anti-racist organizers in rural Upstate South Carolina and on an upcoming documentary series on access/non access to mental health infrastructure for transgender people living in Appalachia. Facing Down FBI & Nazi Pressure in SC First, Bursts shares a conversation with activists from the Scuffletown Anti-Repression Committee and the Michigan Anti-Repression Committee , left legal defense groups from vastly...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, kwrk, wcrs, kwtf, repression, south carolina, fbi, neo nazi, queer, ICE, #abolishICE,...
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Jun 9, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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Today we air three segments. First, audio about Likhts’amisyu Summer Camp in so-called B.C., Canada [4min 50sec]. Then, two Palestinian activists talk about the project “Eye On Palestine” [14min 42sec]. Finally, we share audios from the A-Radio Network show, BADNews, with words from struggles in Serbia [49:42] and the UK [53:50]. Sean Swain’s segment for this week is available separately . Eye On Palestine Today we’re very pleased to present some audio from two Palestinian comrades,...
Topics: palestine, anarchist, serbia, a-radio network, dissident island radio, aradio berlin, occupation,...
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This week we had the chance to interview Matt Meyer, who, among many other pursuits, is a retired professor and an editor of A Soldiers Story: Revolutionary Writings by a New Afrikan Anarchist, out from PM Press, which highlights the life and writings of Kuwasi Balagoon. Balagoon was a defendant in the Panther 21 case in the late 1960s, in which 21 people were arrested and accused of planned coordinated bombing and long-range rifle attacks on two police stations and an education office in New...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwrk, prison, prison abolition, kwasi balagoon, matt meyer, lgbt, queer, gay,...
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This week we share an interview I conducted a few months back with two folks, Inman and Bleep, about community armed self defense. They talk about their experiences of handling firearms, lessons learned from their visibly armed presence at the Charlottesville Unite The Right protest in 2017, wider ideas of community self-defense beyond open carrying firearms (like engaging in like unarmed self-defense, infrastructure for food and health autonomy). The guests also talk about skills expanded and...
Topics: anarchist, autonomy, appalachia, self defense, community, firearms, charlottesville, antifascism
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May 19, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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Prisoners in Ohio and Alabama Speak This week, we hear the voices of three prisoners: anarchist prisoner Michael Kimble and jailhouse lawyer Arthur “Akbar” Griggs at Holman CI in Atmore, Alabama, and Mark “Mustafa” Hinkston at Toledo CI in Ohio. Michael Kimble In the first portion of this episode William and Bursts spoke with black, gay, anarchist prisoner, Michael Kimble , being held at Holman Prison in Alabama serving a life sentence for the murder of a white, homophobic, racist...
Topics: akbar, alabama, anarchist, arthur griggs, mark hinkston, michael kimble, mustafa, ohio, prison
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May 12, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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Sean Swain on JPay in NC Prisons + Antiracist Oi Documentary, "Negro Terror" This week, we feature an interview with Sean Swain about the JPay system being incorporated into the North Carolina prison system based on his experiences in Ohio, increased tension leading to a riot in mid-April at Piedmont facility and the employment of former Ohio Prison Director Gary Mohr as a consultant to the NC system. Then, documentarian John Rash shares about his latest documentary about an...
Topics: prison, sean swain, anarchist, privatization, jpay, gary mohr, kenneth lassiter, capitalism, punk,...
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May 5, 2019 The Final Straw
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This week, we’re sharing a recent conversation with Andy Fleming. Andy is an anarchist and anti-racist organizer based out of Melbourne, Australia. For the episode, Andy tells us about his research into far right organizing in Australia and, to a lesser degree, Aotearoa (aka New Zealand), who key players are, what tendencies are present and their influence in popular and political culture. We also speak about the resistance to the far right, Australia’s immigration policies,...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, kwrk, andy fleming, slack bastard, antifa, anarchist, aotearoa, australia,...
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Apr 28, 2019 The Final Straw
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On the show this week, Bursts spoke with Tom Tanuki, front man of the group Yelling At Racist Dogs (Y.A.R.D.), a performance anti-fascist group that directs insulting yells at far-right, xenophobic events and speakers. For the hour we talk some about Tom’s background, the landscape of far-right politics in Australia and the place of humor and public shaming in confronting racist public figures in the work that Tom and his comrades do. You can follow Tom on twitter at the handle @tom_tanuki ,...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, kwrk, australia, YARD, yelling at racist dogs, tom tanuki, tanuki, humor,...
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Apr 21, 2019 The Final Straw
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****This show carries a heavy content warning for institutionalized violence against incarcerated people, suicide, and issues related to mental wellness//unwellness.****** This week I’m sharing a conversation with David Easley, an imprisoned member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, or IWOC, currently held at Toledo Correctional in Ohio. In response to his organizing around the Nationwide Prison Strike in 2018, he and a few other prisoners were thrown into segregation, have had...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwrk, kwtf, free ohio movement, david easley, iwoc, ohio, incarcerated workers...
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ROAR Conference 2019 + Spencer Sunshine on Fascism This week on the show, we feature two segments. First up, an organizer with the Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism, or ROAR Conference shares perspectives on the upcoming conference, May 18 & 19, 2019 on stolen Ohlone land in the so-called Bay Area. More info on ROAR Conference at roar-conference.com Then Bursts spoke with journalist and anti-racist activist Spencer Sunshine about various far right and racist tendencies such as...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, kwrk, anti racist, anti fascist, roar conference, bay area, oakland, san...
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Apr 7, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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Chelsea Manning and Grand Jury Resistance This week on The Final Straw, we’re excited to bring you perspectives on resisting Federal Grand Juries in the U.S. In particular, we focus on the situation of imprisoned, former army whistle-blower, Chelsea Manning. Ms. Manning, who was in military prison for releasing information about U.S. war crimes in the Afghanistan and Iraq theaters in 2010, had her sentence commuted by former U.S. President, Barack Obama in 2017. Having refused in 2019 to...
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Mar 31, 2019 The Final Straw
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Ni Frontieres Ni Prisons on No New Migrant Prison in Laval, Canada Today we have a two part show! In the first part we are presenting a conversation with someone from Ni Frontiers Ni Prison, which is a group in so called Canada that is resisting the proposed construction of a new migrant prison in Laval, a town just outside of Montreal. This is a transcript of the original audio, read for the show by Grier, shout out to him! In this interview we talk about the prison and what it would mean for...
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This week we had the chance to interview Lelia, who is a community activist and a part of the group Comunidad Colectiva, an immigrant rights group based in Charlotte NC. We got to talk about a lot of things in this interview, the work that they and other groups do with immigrant and undocumented communities, about the February ICE raids that got national attention, what effective rapid response can look like, and the challenging tension associated with both being anti state and being in the...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, charlotte, asheville, comunidad colectiva, immigrant, undocumented,...
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Mar 17, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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End Prison Slavery: The Free Alabama Movement This week we air two interviews about the struggle of Alabama activist and prisoner Kinetic Justice. Kinetic, aka Robert Earl Council, conducted a 6 day hunger strike because he was transferred with no altercations, investigations or disciplinary actions and after just having ended an almost 54 month stint in solitary confinement as punishment for Kinetic’s activism. First up, Swift Justice, a prisoner currently in the Alabama system and member of...
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Mar 10, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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Gord Hill is an indigenous author, anarchist, antifascist and militant, a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw nation living in so-called British Columbia, Canada. Gord is also graphic artist and comic book author who most recently published The Antifa Comic Book , out from Arsenal Pulp Press, and runs the website Warrior Publications and sometimes publishes under the nom-de-plume of ZigZag. For the hour we speak about his writings documenting indigenous resistance history in the so-called Americas...
Topics: gord hill, canada, comic book, antifascist, anarchist, 500 years of indigenous resistance,...
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Mar 3, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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This week we’re sharing two interviews. First up, I spoke with glo merriweather and jamie marsicano, two supporters of Rayquan Borum, a young black man accused by Charlotte PD of killing Justin Carr, another protester out during the Charlotte Uprising after the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott in mid September of 2016. Rayquan spent 2 years and 5 months in pre-trial detention and his trial just began. Some witnesses to Carr’s death claim the Charlotte PD killed him, not Borum. Check out...
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Feb 24, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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Anarchists In Conflict: Rojava & Yellow Vest Movement This week on The Final Straw, the episode’s theme is anarchist interventions in struggles around the world. We’ll be sharing audios from comrades in the A-Radio Network, which just had it’s 5th Annual Gathering in Zurich, Switzerland. The A-Radio Network is made up of stations around Europe, plus a smattering in South & North America. We have been a member of the ARN for 4 years now, which over the last year and a half produces...
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Feb 17, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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A Story of Leonard Peltier This week, Paulette D'auteuil speaks about the life and case of Leonard Peltier. Peltier is one of the best known political prisoners currently held in the U.S. Paulette is the Director of the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee , based near Coleman, FL, where Leonard is incarcerated and also is an advisor to the National Jericho Movement . playlist pending For the hour, Paulette tells about Leonard's life, his case, his health, the resistance that Leonard...
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Feb 10, 2019 The Final Straw
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This week, we feature two segments on the show: an interview with a Russian anarchist about the recent ramping up of torture and repression by the FSB in Russia against anarchists and anti-fascists; and a chat with Patrick Strickland, author of "Alerta! Alerta!: Snapshots of Europe’s Anti-Fascist Struggle”. If you'd like to hear the full episode, including a more detailed conversation with Tania, our Russian guest, and more announcements, consider checking out our podcast version ! FSB...
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Feb 3, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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Norman Shamas updates on FOSTA and digital harm reduction This week, we continue our look at sex, work and the state with guest, Norman Shamas . Norman Shamas is an activist and educator whose work focuses on human-centered information and digital security and privacy. Now, Norman is not a lawyer but shares their insights about the legal situation around FOSTA, or Fighting Online Sex Trafficking Act that passed into law in the U.S. last year and it’s implications for sex workers, for those...
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